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Source: Government of French Polynesia

The minister of Culture, Heremoana Maamaatuaiahutapu, and the director of the Museum of Tahiti and islands, Miriama Bono, received, on Thursday afternoon, a delegation from the British Museum to a mission in French Polynesia.

Julie Adams, curator of the collections of the pacific in the British Museum, Monique Pullan, head of the conservation department, and Chris Mussell, a researcher, will also present during two days at the Museum of Tahiti and the islands, to meet with the scientific team of the institution and study the collections tahitian, as well as the project of renovation of the permanent display room.

This mission is following the exchanges conducted between the two museum institutions in the past two years, and the visit by the minister of Culture in September 2018 in London. During this interview with the Culture minister, Julie Adams has confirmed that the British Museum is exploring the possibility of assisting the Museum of Tahiti and the islands of the emblematic pieces from his collections, and in particular to A Has or the Costume of the deuilleur.

In this perspective, a conference will be held on Friday 15 November at 17h at the Conservatoire artistique of the French Polynesia. The team from the British Museum will detail the steps of this restoration and the discoveries inherent to this work, which had involved the former director of the Museum of Tahiti and islands, Theano Jaillet. There are very few copies of this costume kept, and that of the British Museum, collected by captain Cook, is quite remarkable.

After the musée du quai Branly, Jacques Chirac and the anthropology museum of Cambridge, as well as the Bishop Museum, so it is the turn of the British Museum to confirm its intention to lend to the Museum of Tahiti and the islands of the iconic pieces for the reopening of the hall of the permanent exhibition planned for the end of 2021.

The minister of Culture welcomed this perspective, the fruit of scientific cooperation conducted by the team of the Museum of Tahiti and the islands for several years. This first mission of the team in london will be continued in the coming months by the exchanges between the two institutions to refine the terms of the loan and technical collaborations to come.

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